Whether you are a freelance journalist, a WordPress fanatic, a Ph.D candidate, a full-time blogger, you spend most of your days (and probably nights) behind your screen computer tapping on your keyboard.
Here’s a list of web services, apps, and other extensions to help you save time and boost your productivity when you have to write and deliver to the world a ton of content.
You probably are already using it every day. It’s been a few years now that Evernote is installed of thousand and thousand of devices across the world. What’s magical about Evernote first is the superpower of not losing anything anymore! It’s a thing of the past now. Any document you’re writing or editing is automatically synced (saved) whether you are online or offline.
At first, Evernote was seen at the “Word” of the XXI° century. Always connected to the internet, with an easy-to-share feature with your clients, partner, colleagues. Nowadays, Evernote improves itself constantly to make sure our work in the digital world is always easier to collect, edit and share through our multiples devices (smartphones, tablets and now watches!) You can download the desktop app, but you can also use it from the web itself.
The more you use it, the more you put information into it, the more notebooks you create, fill, edit, organize and share, the more it becomes relevant that it is the go-to tool for everything you do online.
Evernote is not a stand-alone productivity tool, it is the poster-boy of an all eco-system of apps. One of the easiest and most practical to use when surfing the web is a Chrome extension called Clearly. Once installed, you can use the Chrome extension Clearly to “clean” your open tab from all the ads and others things around the text you’re reading to focus on the content and! You can click to the right of the little button “Save” to be able to save the article on your Evernote! Cool right? It is pretty useful when you are doing some researches, collecting data from site to site without losing your mind.
If you use Evernote and you publish content on WordPress. You will be glad to use this really light tool that you can install on your desktop called Marxico. Marxico will save you a ton of time and productivity. It basically helps you to write whatever you have to write in a proper format. Even if Evernote is not far from being a complete tool, it still uses only plain text instead of format the text as HTML, and that’s where Marxico fills this gap. Marxico will save you a ton of time and productivity.
Always on Chrome, install the extension Momentum, it installs on your open tab a nice and smooth beautiful HD wallpaper, usually a beautiful natural landscape instead of the usual set of tabs of your favorite sites or other extensions and apps that can distract you from your priorities. You can customize it by adding a daily quote, your objective of the day, and a to-do list.
If you are a community manager, Buffer will also save you a ton of time by giving you the ability to plan, schedule and add multiple content to post on the social media you want. Like Hootsuite or many others medium to bring your social medias to a single place, Buffer doesn’t only save you time by giving you the ability to share the same post at the same time through different channels, it also has many other features. With Buffer, you can schedule on any different time zone you want the post you want to share by choosing the exact right time to do so for the morning, the afternoon and the evening to make sure your content gets the audience and the attention it deserves.
If you have enough content, you can plan, in a few minutes, days and days of curation, links and posts through multiple social networks. If not, due to a lack of inspiration, Buffer has a ton of propositions to fill your newsfeed with interesting and cool links to content tailored to please you that you can add to your queue with a single click.
More powerful and more integrated than Buffer, Coschedule is definitely, with Evernote the best tool of this list (which is already awesome). This is a simple calendar web service that allows you and your team-mates to check in a single second your work planning and your to-do list. It is also kind of a retro-planning because you can obviously see what you and your colleagues have already achieved.
What’s the best about Coschedule is that it is not just a traditional online calendar, from Coschedule, you link it to your social network and also to WordPress. For example if you are a blogger, and you plan to write and publish one post per day, once you wrote down the title of the article let’s say for Monday, it automatically creates a new draft for it inside your WordPress dashboard itself! Then once, you article is published, it also appears on the calendar. Same things also if you are the community manager of your team and your daily task is to plan, create and publish what you want to share on social medias. You can add, day by day, hour by hour, what you want to post and the post will be automatically shared once the time will come. Magical isn’t it?
Then once, you article is published, it also appears on the calendar. Same things also if you are the community manager of your team and your daily task is to plan, create and publish what you want to share on social medias. You can add, day by day, hour by hour, what you want to post and the post will be automatically shared once the time will come. Magical isn’t it?
Same things also if you are the community manager of your team and your daily task is to plan, create and publish what you want to share on social medias. You can add, day by day, hour by hour, what you want to post and the post will be automatically shared once the time will come. Magical isn’t it?
Do I really need to present you Bit.ly? It seems that this simple tool that allows anyone to make links shorter in a blink of an eye has been around the block since forever… Well, we can say so, only if we consider “forever” as the beginning of time! (I mean by “time”, the rise of social medias).
As the Chrome user you are (yes you are!!), you don’t even have to go on the main website to shorten your link, just install the extension, and you will be able to tweet much faster than ever before! Who could have imagine than 140 characters would create so many jobs? 😉
Grammarly is a chrome extension that detects automatically spelling. That can be literally a life-saving tool especially if, like me, you spend the majority of your time, writing articles, blog post, posts, emails and so on, in different languages. It detects automatically errors and mistakes and propose you not only a grammatical correction but also gives you an all range of propositions to avoid repetition and others format mistakes.
When working in a team, Google Docs is by far, one of the easiest set of tools put together to create, edit and share any kind of documents from blank page to spreadsheet and even presentations. You can edit and see in real-time what your colleagues are doing with the document you just shared. GDocs exist for many years, but Google constantly improved from both a practical and a design point of view. Google also rapidly understood the fact that most of users now for personal and professional reasons (thanks to technology) were working across multiple platforms, from multiple places and through several devices.
Google Drive / Dropbox
They are essentials tools to save and share any kind of documents of any size through multiple devices, no more USB key required and infinite emails with (too big) attached documents into them. Both are safe and reliable. If you are already using Google Documents, Google Drive is a go-to tool and as others Google tools, it has been improved over the years as it arrived way after Dropbox into our digital landscape.
Skype is… Hey! I’m just kidding… Everyone knows that 😉